Michael Schumacher in a Coma After Skiing Accident
Michael Schumacher in a critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the seven-time Formula One champ arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma. It's not certain if he's still in a coma.
The hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital's deputy director, said "he remains in a critical condition."
Schumacher fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.
Earlier, the Meribel resort said Schumacher had been taken to Grenoble for tests and authorities said his life was not in danger. But the situation began to appear more serious when the resort said that orthopedic and trauma surgeon Gerard Saillant had travelled from Paris to the hospital in Grenoble to examine Schumacher.
In an email to The Associated Press, Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the champion German driver was on a private skiing trip and "fell on his head." "We ask for understanding that we cannot give running updates on his condition. He wore a helmet and was not alone," Kehm said. Schumacher's 14-year-old son was skiing with his father when the accident happened, the resort said.
As news of the accident spread, Formula One drivers used social media to wish Schumacher a quick recovery. His former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who himself recovered from life-threatening injuries sustained at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, posted on Instagram: "I am praying for you my brother!! I hope you have a quick recovery!! God bless you Michael."
Germany's Adrian Sutil, tweeted: "I hope Michael Schumacher will get well soon! All my best to him and his family."
Romain Grosjean of Lotus tweeted: "All our thoughts to Schumi and his family! Hope you will recover soon #legend #Schumi."